A Melburnian man was slapped with his tenth fine for breaking coronavirus restrictions on Thursday, as police tasked with enforcing the state's strict measures grow increasingly frustrated with individuals who refuse to follow the rules.
In the past 24 hours, police have handed out 253 fines for COVID-19 rule breakers breaching the Chief Health Officer's directives.
Among them was a man who was fined for the tenth time and another who told the police he did not need to wear a face mask because he has a 'birth condition' which makes him 'immune' to COVID-19.
Police in Geelong are pictured at a checkpoint enforcing Victoria's coronavirus restrictions (pictured on Friday)
Three police in face masks are pictured patrolling Melbourne's CBC enforcing lockdown (pictured on Wednesday)
Police said a man from Whittlesea on the northern outskirts of Melbourne was found in inner-city Richmond.
He told officers he was there to visit work colleagues but failed to produce any appropriate documentation.
The man was hit with a fine for travelling 5km beyond of his home.
It was the tenth time he had received a breach order from police.
Another bizarre incident took place when police stopped two men buying cigarettes in South Melbourne after the 8pm curfew.
Both men were also not wearing face coverings.
A man buying a pack of smokes told police he did not need to wear a face mask because a 'birth condition' made him immune coronavirus
The police officers did not accept the man's excuses and he was hit with an on-the-spot fine
One of the men told the cops he's resistant to coronavirus due to a 'birth condition'.
But the strange excuse was not accepted by the officers who issued fines to the pair.
Police also fined a man west of Melbourne in the Brimbank area, who was out after curfew 'researching where to buy cheap groceries'.
Under Stage Four lockdown, the only allowable reasons to leave home are for work, exercise, essential shopping and giving or receiving medical care.
A $200 on-the-spot penalty is in place for anyone who is not wearing a face covering and a $1652 fine can be issued for anyone breaking Melbourne's Stage Four lockdown or regional Victoria's Stage Three stay-at-home orders.
Melbourne's Stage 4 lockdown:
State of disaster: Increased police powers to enforce the lockdown. Cautions will no longer be issued, only $1,652 fines or court summons
Curfew: No one allowed outside 8pm to 6am except for work, medical, caregiving - no shopping or exercising
Distance limit: Shopping and exercise can only be done 5km from home
Exercise: All recreational activity is banned and you can only exercise, with one other person, for one hour a day. Kicking a ball around is ok but not tennis, fishing, golf, boating
Partners: You can visit a boyfriend or girlfriend who doesn't live with you, even if they live more than 5km away
Shopping: Only one person can go shopping per household per day
Cafes and restaurants: stay open for takeaway, as do supermarkets, etc
Schools: All students learning from home from Wednesday unless they are vulnerable or parents are essential workers. Kindy and childcare close on Thursday (same exceptions apply)
Funerals: No change to funeral limits, but only 10 mourners can leave Melbourne to regional Victoria for one
Weddings: Completely banned
Public transport: Slashed after 8pm and cancelled late at night
There were 41 fines handed out in the past 24 hours for no wearing a face mask and 75 individuals copped a breach order for breaking curfew.
Police carried out a total of 18,405 vehicles checks at roadblocks and conducted 5,007 spot checks at homes, businesses and public places across the state.
Since March 21, authorities have carried out a staggering 272,550 spot checks.
Victoria recorded a further 372 new infections on Friday and another 14 deaths.
The state's death toll has now reached 289 and there are currently 7866 active cases.
Police in Victoria tasked with enforcing the state's strict lockdown measures are growing increasingly frustrated with individuals that refuse to follow the rules
What is closed in Melbourne's Stage 4 lockdown:
Personal care including hairdressers
Pubs, taverns, bars, brothels and prostitution services, clubs, nightclubs
Food courts, restaurants, cafes, etc
Architectural, engineering and technical services
Travel and tour agencies
Non-emergency call centre operations
Non-urgent elective surgery
Museums, parks and gardens, ski resorts
Places of worship except what is required to stream services or provide soup kitchens and food banks
Manufacturing of non-metallic mineral and fabricated metal products, furniture, wood, textile, leather fur, dressing knitted, clothing and footwear, domestic appliances
All office-based and professional businesses, except those delivering critical services, must work from home
OPERATING BUT LIMITED
Building sites of more than three storeys - 25 per cent of workforce
Less than three storeys- five workers on site at a time only
Meat processing - workers cut by a third
Shopping centres for access to permitted retail only
Public transport, ride share and taxis only to support access to permitted services for permitted workers
Thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing with minimum number of essential participants to operate safely
What is still be open in Melbourne's Stage 4 lockdown:
Supermarkets, bottle shops, petrol stations, pharmacies, post offices, banks
Retailers working onsite to fulfill online orders
Hardware, building an garden supplies for trade
Specialist stationery for business use
Motor vehicle parts for emergency repairs, mechanics
Locksmiths, laundry and dry cleaners, maternity supplies
Disability and health services and equipment, mobility devices
Farms and commercial fishing
Vets, pounds and animal shelters
Construction of critical infrastructure and services to support those projects
Supermarkets will stay open
Critical repairs to homes where required for emergency or safety
Cafes and restaurants for takeaway
Critical service call centres
Law enforcement and courts for urgent matters
Prisons, facilities for parolees, adult parole board, youth justice facilities
Essential maintenance and manufacturing